Recognizing the contributions of America’s veterans to our nation

Commemorating a Century of Honor: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, 1921-2021

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Airdate: Thursday, November 11, 2021

For 100 years, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier has stood as recognition and gratitude for the sacrifice and service of America’s Armed Forces.

Since November 11, 1921, the Tomb has provided a final resting place for one of America’s unidentified World War I service members, and Unknowns from later wars were added in 1958 and 1984. A series of commemorative events will take place this year recognizing their final resting place. 


“…an unknown American warrior who in himself represents no section, creed, or race in the late war and who typifies, moreover, the soul of America…”

Congressman Hamilton Fish Jr., Hearings in the House of Representatives regarding the Unknown Soldier. 1921

Watch video of 1921 Unknown soldier burial ceremony here.

The nation owes a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice, but also to the countless others who fought America’s wars and sustained the peace. 

There are many contributions of our military forces that are unknown to most Americans. The US military has been an important catalyst for exploration, disaster response, infrastructure design and construction, scientific advancement, and so much more. 

These contributions continue today through military support to civil authorities, both here and abroad. 

Smart Talk Thursday will recognize the contributions of America’s veterans to our nation. Joining the program are Retired US Army Lt. Colonel Conrad Crane, Ph.D., Chief, Historical Services and Support Army Heritage and Education Center United States Army War College and Army Colonel Laura Porter, Nurse Practitioner, and US Army Nurse Corps Officer.  Colonel Porter is currently a student at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pa.

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